Science Connections with Chains

rsbsadmin 5.3 Chains, Additional Activities, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

I am often looking for ways to help my students understand the time period of the Revolutionary War. Many years ago I stumbled upon a cartoon called Liberty’s Kids. This is a show that was created by PBS (Find it here on Amazon) . There are 60 episodes that tell the tale of this time period. There are two teenagers …

Kids at Work

rsbsadmin 5.4 Kids at Work, Lynn Boze, Writing 0 Comments

My students are reading the fourth unit of study, Kids at Work by Russell Freedman.  Like the other Units of Study Sarah Collinge has written, Sarah has chosen a book that speaks to kids and gives them important issues to think and talk about.  Many of my students said they knew nothing about child labor and are glad they know …

Building Background Knowledge

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Background Knowledge, Lynn Boze 0 Comments

Building background knowledge depends on what my students already know and can do. At the beginning of the year, I give them a couple of surveys so I can get to know something about them fast. I also try to do an individual reading survey with them to get an idea of what they are currently reading and their likes …

Narrative Writing with Holes

rsbsadmin 5.2 Holes, Heidi Finley, Writing 0 Comments

I am always looking for ways to use the CIA whole group books to reach other standards. In the weeks following Winter break and before I was ready to start the next small group book I had to find something to do with my students. In sheer desperation to find a way to work on narrative writing last year (which …

engagement

Student Engagement

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, C.I.A. Approach, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

Well, I sit here trying to figure out what to write about engagement. I have never used a curriculum or program for literacy that has captivated every 5th grader the way the CIA approach does. Whenever you use any other curriculum or program you really skim the surface of text. You might focus on a particular skill for week or …

Fluency with Holes

rsbsadmin 5.2 Holes, Fluency, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

Recently, I was in a meeting with teachers from different grade levels and the Executive Director of Assessment and Student Learning. We were looking at my school’s 5th grade level reading assessments both from the state and district. We are working on coming up with ways to look at data and find ways to make a goal, plan, and a …

Partner Turn and Talk – Heidi Finley

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Heidi Finley, Turn and Talk 0 Comments

As I work through the year with my students my Turn and Talk procedure evolves. In September I partner my students with who I think they could work well with. This allows me time to do assessments to find out what their reading abilities are. While reading the book Earthquake Terror I focus on using the Turn and Talk stems. …

Vocabulary Handbook

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Lynn Boze, Vocabulary 0 Comments

At the end of each CIA unit of study are the pages of the Vocabulary Handbook.  I make sure that the handbook is copied for each student and hole-punched so they can keep it in their binders.  I have written all the vocabulary words on sentence strips.  Each day I post it in the pocket chart above the turn and …

Earthquake Terror and Close Reading

rsbsadmin 5.1 Earthquake Terror, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

Well, we are well into Earthquake Terror. I thought I would take some time to share some things I have done to enhance or get ready for teaching Earthquake Terror and small groups. On Day 8, which involves looking at outside text we not only read a few of the outside texts, but we also watch a short video that …

Earthquake Terror Unit of Study

rsbsadmin 5.1 Earthquake Terror, C.I.A. Approach, Lynn Boze 0 Comments

In 5th grade, our first CIA unit is Earthquake Terror written by Peg Kehret.  It is an exciting realistic fiction adventure story about a boy and his family who must survive a terrifying earthquake while camping on a deserted island.  I really enjoy this story and I think it is a great book to start with in September.  It eases …

Classroom Setup – Heidi

rsbsadmin 5th Grade, Classroom Setup & Routines, Heidi Finley 0 Comments

I am excited to share with you my experiences with CIA. I have been using CIA in my classroom since December of 2011. I attended a class in Snohomish, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. What I didn’t realize is that one class would revolutionize the way I taught Reading. Let me start …